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Incentive zoning draws a crowd and strange bedfellows

Incentive zoning to create affordable housing had a lengthy public hearing tonight. Labor likes incentive zoning saying that “development left unchecked [will] widen the gap between rich and poor.” That doesn’t sound very “pro-development.” But Steve Williamson from UFCW Local … Continue reading

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Reading the scale

A recent afternoon walk around Capitol Hill led me from Volunteer Park down 14th. Along the way I saw this single family fantasy: Then not to far down the road yet another study in brick: The Fairhome is a solid … Continue reading

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Home ownership: bailout or bankruptcy?

News from Washington D.C. has people baffled, worried and angry. An economist from Harvard offers an observation in a recent commentary that raises some questions similar to the ones raised in our discussion on Monday: So what should the government … Continue reading

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Our house

About 65 percent of Seattle is zoned for single family housing. Is that too much or just right? In Chicago and DC, all of my friends lived in apartments or condos. In Portland, they all live in standalone houses, even … Continue reading

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In case you blinked and missed it

September has been a busy month for Seattle land use. Here’s your primer on what’s going down and what’s going up. South Lake Union looks up: The Department of Planning and Development released three up-zoning alternatives for South Lake Union. … Continue reading

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